By Andrea Gemmet
Almanac Staff Writer
Jerry Gruber, Atherton's city manager, has been on the job fewer than two years, but clearly, he's won the whole-hearted support of the City Council. He is getting a 10-percent raise, bringing his annual salary up to $160,000. The 10-percent raise is retroactive to January 2009.
The council approved the raise on a 5-0 vote at the Oct. 21 meeting. As an item on the consent agenda, it passed without comment.
Mr. Gruber started work for the town in January 2008 with an annual salary of $145,000.
The city manager job also comes with a $400 monthly car allowance and free housing, in the form of a town-owned home in Holbrook-Palmer Park. Living at the city manager's house is a requirement of the job, and thus a tax-free perk, according to a legal opinion included in Mr. Gruber's contract. Under his contract, the town also pays the full cost of his retirement and health-care benefits.
Mr. Gruber's new contract with the town was negotiated by a council subcommittee composed of Elizabeth Lewis and Jim Dobbie, and was reviewed by Atherton's labor counsel before being brought to the full council for approval.